The government decided to set up an inter-ministerial committee on Friday to launch mobile services during the three-month flight and sea journey. The source told PTI that the inter-ministerial group will meet every 15 days to resolve the issues until the services of the flight and maritime linkage (IFMC) services are implemented fully and will accelerate the approval process.
Sources said that there was a meeting with aviation, shipping companies, telecom service providers and government departments today. It was decided to set up an inter-ministerial group to implement IFMC services at the earliest. The group will meet every 15 days to resolve the issues till the system is properly implemented.
The Government has notified the rules regarding the use of mobile services during the flight and ship travel in the Indian territory. The IFMC meeting held under the chairmanship of Additional Secretary of the Department of Telecommunications, Anshu Prakash, lasted about two hours. In this meeting, the Department of Civil Aviation, Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Directorate of Shipping, Department of Space participated. Officials of companies like Air India, Indigo, SpiceJet, Go Air, Jet Airways, Air Asia, BSNL, Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Tata Telenet, Panasonic and Nokia participated in the meeting.
The source said, “During the discussion, it was agreed that these services would be implemented within three months. According to SpiceJet, he has arranged to provide service in 10 planes. DGCA said it will give clearance to changes in the aircraft.